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The best overall books for children, ranked by readers of all ages. Anyone can vote on this kids' book list, which makes these rankings a trustworthy way to find out which books your kids will love. Is a title missing? You can also add your own books to this list, and see how your taste stacks up against everyone else's. No matter if your kids are 9 year old budding lit experts, 5 year-olds just beginning to read on their own, or pre-schoolers still having you read aloud -- these are the books you remember and hope your own kids will.

For children in pre-school or younger, check out this list of the best books for toddlers.
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198 52
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Charlotte's Web E. B. White

2
199 31
How the Grinch Stole Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

3
218 25
Green Eggs and Ham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss

4
204 31
The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss

5
156 71
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

6
151 31
The Lorax is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Lorax Dr. Seuss

7
148 37
Goodnight Moon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown

8
138 32
Are You My Mother? is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Are You My Mother? P. D. Eastman

9
170 34
Where the Wild Things Are is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak

10
128 58
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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177 43
Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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134 24
Clifford, the Big Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Clifford the Big Red Dog Norman Bridwell

13
124 57
James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

14
89 65
Stone Soup is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Stone Soup Marcia Brown

The Best Movies for Kids

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103 12
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blu... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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95 38
Alexander and the Terrible, Ho... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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101 13
Oh, the Places You'll Go! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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74 47
Aesop's Fables is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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102 50
Grimm's Fairy Tales is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Grimm's Fairy Tales Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

20
78 42
Little House in the Big Woods is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Little House in the Big Woods Laura Ingalls Wilder

21
91 24
Three Little Pigs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Three Little Pigs Heather Amery, Betty Root, Marie-Louise Gay

The Best Novels About World War 2

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124 50
Matilda is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Matilda Roald Dahl

23
75 16
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling

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102 63
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

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95 37
Beezus and Ramona is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Beezus and Ramona Beverly Cleary

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87 30
Harold and the Purple Crayon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Harold and the Purple Crayon Crockett Johnson

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109 48
Where the Sidewalk Ends is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein

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72 48
Richard Scarry's busiest busyt... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

The Best Kids & Family Movies On Amazon Prime Video

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73 27
The Three Billy Goats Gruff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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62 38
Frog and Toad Together is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Frog and Toad Together Arnold Lobel

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32 1
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Tom Islava added If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Laura Numeroff

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84 25
Fantastic Mr Fox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Fantastic Mr Fox Roald Dahl

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65 26
The Snowy Day is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats

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75 68
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

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108 50
The Giving Tree is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein

The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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87 33
Love You Forever is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Love You Forever Robert Munsch

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47 27
Henry Huggins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Henry Huggins Beverly Cleary

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67 18
Hop on Pop is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Hop on Pop Dr. Seuss

39
58 18
And to Think That I Saw It on ... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

40
51 23
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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35 48
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Sh... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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55 57
The Witches is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Witches Roald Dahl

The Best Children's Museums in the World

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48 56
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NI... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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43 26
Frog and Toad are Friends is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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41 27
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Plea... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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34 47
Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
Watership Down Richard Adams

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55 21
The Little Red Hen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
The Little Red Hen Jonathan Allen

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46 48
How to Eat Fried Worms is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids
How to Eat Fried Worms Thomas Rockwell

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57 56
Island of the Blue Dolphins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids

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45 30
There Was An Old Lady Who Swal... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Overall Books for Kids